Suffering is the Only Honest Work – A New Book
Write Me Something Beautiful is a place for sharing stories about connection and reconnection–some of ours and many from others. Several of the stories, each one of them unique, are centered upon loss of loved ones and the journeys taken towards healing.
Our world was indeed blasted apart when our Jimmy died–mine for a second time having lost my father to suicide thirty-eight years earlier. We willingly admit that the motivation behind Write Me Something Beautiful is part selfish: to remain connected to the light that was and will always be Jimmy and to reconnect with my father and continue to heal from that deep, painful wound.
The Law Office of Allen Matkins was very kind to commission this video that tells the origin story of this website.
JUST PUBLISHED! Casey and Jimmy Gauntt have written a new book. CLICK HERE to find out more. Jimmy Gauntt—personable, brilliant Jimmy—died at age twenty-four, struck by an automobile. The promising young man’s death shattered his father Casey’s heart. And yet, in the coming months, Casey and his family would experience something amazing. Through seeming coincidence […]
For the newcomers, my name is Vernon Case Gauntt, though I’ve always gone by “Casey.” I was born in Long Beach, California in 1950, and since 1979 have lived in Solana Beach, a small coastal community north of San Diego with my beautiful wife and best friend, Hilary. Our daughter Brittany, her husband Ryan and […]
Dreams Guitars and Highways
"I'm learning to pay attention to my dreams—especially the early morning ones that are too real to dismiss as just dream." This story begins with Casey's dream of his three month old grandson Wyatt James and a guitar. As he chases down the strands of the dream and some very real guitars and people associated with those instruments, Casey discovers uncanny connections among too many things previously thought as purely random that have occurred over the past several years, including some rather bizarre things he has in common with his muse, James Taylor. "It's like connecting dots and finding out…
Introduction After I received the letter from my father and wrote the first version of the story of The Letter, I knew that I needed to find out more about him—the things he wrote of in his letter—a depression in his childhood, a fanatical religious mother he couldn’t reason with, a war that he wouldn’t […]
How to write a beautiful condolence card to someone who has lost a child
How to write a beautiful condolence card to someone who has lost a child or young adult. I wish I didn’t have so much experience on this subject. As I wrote in the Condolences story posted on the site in November 2012, our family received hundreds—maybe a thousand—cards and letters after our 24 year old son, […]
The Fraternity By Casey Gauntt December 21, 2010 This day, forty years ago, my father took his life in his office at Case Foundation Company in a suburb of Chicago. In addition to the ones that spooled out and are described in this story, there is a whole bunch of other bizarre syncronicities that specifically […]
The Sax Players — A Christmas Story
I answered the phone and, with voice shaking, he asked “Is Jimmy’s cell phone still working?” John Dale had left our house only a few minutes earlier. It was Christmas Day, 2008—our first without Jimmy. John had come by that morning to give us an almost surreal photograph of Jimmy playing the saxophone—one we'd never seen before. And then John got “his call,” followed by another bizarre one that I took several hours later. It was a day of amazing gifts and another peek into the “whatever it is” we experienced with The Letter several weeks earlier. The table for…
The Letter-The Film, By Steve Date
Introduction A year after the arrival of the letter from my father, my wife, Hilary, and I went to Coalwood to meet up with the woman, Emily Sue Buckberry, who had so suddenly reappeared in my life, and to attend the 2009 October Sky Festival, an annual event to celebrate the town’s fame thanks to […]